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Title:  Underground Production Operator Trainee

Requisition ID:  120959

Empire, CO, US, 80438

Category:  Operations

Climax Molybdenum is the world’s leading producer of molybdenum and has a long, successful history of doing business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner. We have operated in Colorado for more than 100 years and today have mining and milling operations near Leadville, Kremmling and Empire. Our Climax mine is located between Frisco and Leadville. Our Henderson mine and mill are an hour’s drive apart – separated by the Continental Divide and a 15-mile conveyor system (10 miles is underground). The Henderson mine is about 50 miles west of Denver and 10 miles west of Empire, and the mill is located between Dillon and Kremmling.

Climax Molybdenum has the assets, drive and financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers. Take time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at one of our sites – the Climax mine and the Henderson mine and / or mill. Live life at the top!


Performs duties related to the expansion and safe production of an underground mining facility:

  • Assists with and performs concrete applications, which may include pouring roadways and pumping forms and shotcrete
  • Assists with and performs shotcrete application using underground concrete spraying equipment 
  • Assists with and performs duties related to the concrete wash bay
  • Performs pre-shift/pre-operation inspections of equipment 
  • Assists with and performs duties related to heading drilling 
  • Assists with and performs duties related to loading explosives for face round and raise blasting applications -
  • Assists with the installation and maintenance of ventilation systems 
  • May operate mobile equipment such as: mine tractors, forklifts, maintenance carrier service trucks, front-end loaders, face drills, haul trucks, bolters, powder
  • May assist with and perform regular work area audits and note and report any issues and/or concerns 
  • Frequently communicates and interacts with various members of all mine departments 
  • Perform other duties as require


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures and applicable safety standards
  • This position requires you to be 21 years of age in order to obtain an ATF Possessor Certification.

Benefits & Compensation

The company provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package offering health and welfare benefits, paid time off, retirement, and more. These benefits are available to you and your eligible dependents on your first day of employment. Some of your benefits are company paid, and you will pay a portion of other benefits. The company pays the greatest portion of your benefits, passing along only a fraction of the total cost to employees. For further benefits information please click here: Benefit Details  

Pay Range:

$21.50 - $23.75/Hourly

Rate of pay dependent on competency, experience, qualifications and skills

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Job Segment: Front End, Facilities, Technology, Operations

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